Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mega Omega!

If you've been in the office for any period of time, you've probably heard me mention omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil. There's a reason why.

They have a huge host of benefits that we are just beginning to understand. If a wonder capsule exists then this is it. From reduction in inflammation in joints AND blood vessels to immune function to brain power, these oils lend a hand.

So big deal. Eat more fish...or flax seed...or both. The problem is we live in landlocked Oklahoma with little access to fresh coldwater ocean fish. The fish obtain the omega-3s from the algae they eat. Lake fish and the amount of frozen ocean fish we eat doesn't cut it. Also, mercury and other contamination in our oceans is unprecedented. You max out your mercury content for the week with one filet of salmon or three cans of albacore tuna. Flax seed oil has omega-3s but not in the longer chain form such as DHA that your brain uses or the EPA that your immune system uses. It's been estimated that flax seed oil conversion in your body to these larger chain oils is very low. Therapeutic dosage on DHA and EPA is often given at 1,200 to 6,000 mg. Try eating that much fish without any mercury or PCB contamination. So what to do? Well, my solution is to suck it up and take my daily mercury-tested, micro-distilled fish oil capsule.

Omega-3 Research Studies have shown that Omega-3's can have a very positive effect on the following conditions:
* Reduce the incidence of Cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke)
* Reduce triglyceride levels
* Reduce inflammation and symptoms associated with Crohn's Disease
* Reduce inflammation and symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis
* Lessen symptoms of kidney diseases
* Lessen the symptoms of Reynaud's disease
* Lessen the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
* Reduce the risk of early delivery in pregnancy
* Reduce the symptoms of childhood asthma
* Possibly reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer's
* Reduce the risk of prostate cancer
* Support normal brain function
* Supports vision development in infants
* Inhibit carcinogenesis and the formation of cancer cells
* Reduce PMS symptoms and breast pain
* Maintain healthy skin
* Boost your immune function

Here is a list of research headlines from just the last couple of months, all of which can be accessed at PubMed.gov:
* Erythrocyte fatty acids and risk of proliferative and nonproliferative fibrocystic disease in women in Shanghai, China.
* Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation Effects on Weight and Appetite in Patients with Alzheimer's Disease: The Omega-3 Alzheimer's Disease Study.
* Omega-3 fatty acid rich diet prevents diabetic renal disease.
* Omega-3 Fatty acids, prematurity, and autism.
* Omega-3 Fatty acids and the cardiometabolic syndrome.
* Dietary intakes of omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and the risk of breast cancer.
* Fatty acid facts, Part I. Essential fatty acids as treatment for depression, or food for mood?
* Effects of ethyl-eicosapentaenoic acid omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on hot flashes and quality of life among middle-aged women: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial.
* Fish Oil Reduces Heart Rate and Oxygen Consumption During Exercise.
* Dietary n-6 and n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids: From biochemistry to clinical implications in cardiovascular prevention.
* Neuroprotectin D1-mediated anti-inflammatory and survival signaling in stroke, retinal degenerations and Alzheimer's disease.
* Fish Oil, But Not Flaxseed Oil, Decreases Inflammation and Prevents Pressure Overload-Induced Cardiac Dysfunction.

I'm also excited that a 950 mg, mercury-tested, micro-distilled, enteric-coated, burp-free omega-3 fish oil capsule is available in regular size. No more choking down several capsules. You can get your daily dosage in one capsule or two.

P.S. If you have an aversion to taking in fish, krill or algae-based capsules are available out there.

Here's to improving our health one day at a time!
Dr. V.

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